Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute announces Fall IMPACT Symposium l “Happiness”

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Dedman College student Jessica Leija spotlighted in D Magazine

D Magazine

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Jessica Leija didn’t even know what a valedictorian was until her junior year at Thomas Jefferson High School. Junior year is when administrators first release a class ranking. Her classmates placed bets on who would own the top spot. Odds favored one of the Asian kids. Leija’s name hadn’t even entered the conversation. READ MORE

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Cal Jillson, political science professor, Rick Perry tries for positive spin on indictment

Business Insider…..

Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said Perry has a brief chance to reintroduce himself.

If Perry goes to trial, voters will see a parade of Perry operatives discuss the deal-making surrounding the veto. “It will show how ugly it is to see the political sausage made,” Jillson said.

“Unless his lawyers can get the indictment quashed, get the indictment thrown out by a judge before the trial begins, the trial will kill him as a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016,” Jillson said. READ MORE

 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-texas-governor-perry-tries-to-turn-felony-indictment-into-election-gold-2014-8#ixzz3CBD4BY8l

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Lecture on cultural dynamics and the origins of the Egyptian civilization

Event: Friday, September 5, Dedman Life Sciences Building RM 131,  5-6pm

Fekri Hassan, Professor Emeritus, Petrie Professor of Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London from 1994 – 2008, will lecture on cultural dynamics and the origins of the Egyptian civilization. Dr. Hassan will discuss how cultivation of domesticated cereals (grains) and pulses (plants), together with tending domestic livestock, appeared first in several localities in the Near East around 10,500 – 10,200 years ago. This mode of food production was the ultimate outcome of a long series of transformations in food-getting stimulated by climatic fluctuations dating back to 22,000 years ago in the wake of the end of the Last Glacial Maximum.

For more information, please contact Pamela Hogan at phogan@smu.edu.

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English Department Announces Fall 2014 Doctoral Lecture Series

The Doctoral Lecture series features presentations by our graduate
students who are finishing their dissertations this year. In these
30-minute presentations, the Ph.D. candidate will outline the scope of
his or her dissertation project and demonstrate a focused reading of a
text or texts that exemplifies the best work in the dissertation.
After a presentation of 30 minutes, the lecturer will take about 30
minutes of questions. Students, faculty, and members of the public
are welcome to attend.

The lectures will be on the following Fridays at 3:30pm in 101 Dallas
Hall:

Sept. 12: Kristina Booker
Oct. 3: Chris Goldsmith
Oct. 24: Charles Wuest
Nov. 7: Bethany Williamson
Dec. 5: Julianne Sandberg

For more information contact Tim Cassedy at 214-768-4976

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SMU seismologists, Texas Railroad Commission OKs new rules for injection wells

Star Telegram- State agency OKs new rules for injection wells

…Southern Methodist University researchers said this year that they had detected more than 300 quakes large enough to be recorded by multiple seismic monitors the school has deployed in the Azle area.

The Geological Survey has recorded 27 in the area by the U.S. Geological Survey, but they include only quakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater, generally strong enough to be felt at the surface. READ MORE

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Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson on Wendy Davis’ TV ad

KERA….Davis’ ad is a dramatization of an event in 1993. A vacuum cleaner salesman offering in-home demonstrations rapes a young mother while her two children sleep in a nearby room.

“The salesman was a sexual predator on probation but the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner distributor had failed to perform a routine background check on him,” the narrator says over ominous music. READ MORE

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Ron Wetherington, Anthropology Professor, Dallas-based institute out to prove biblical version of creation

Dallas Morning News… Dallas researchers out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation

Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial swamp into shape-shifting cells, into ape-like primates, into people.

His theory is taught in virtually every science classroom in the world. It is used to demystify the complexity of life, translate the language of DNA, and make sense of geology, biology and paleontology. READ MORE

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Political Science Professor quoted in Time

….“Governor Perry’s public relations strategy is to present this indictment as one blow, low and foul, in an ongoing fight between a disgraced, partisan, Democratic, district attorney and a Republican governor fighting for common decency, the rule of law, and the sanctity of the Texas Constitution,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University and longtime observer of Texas politics. “This framing is working pretty well, especially among Republican leaders and activists, but it is at best a short term strategy that will be of no use at all if the case goes to trial.” READ MORE

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Engaged Learning Expo scheduled for August 27

Expo Flyer - Revised

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